How is terrazzo different from concrete?
Terrazzo basically as kind of concrete floor with stone chips, has all outstanding same as concrete:
1. Sustainability. Concrete floors are a sustainable option if you use an existing concrete slab, avoiding the consumption of new materials. And they need not be relegated to basements or garages. Once the concrete is sanded down and polished or sealed, it looks perfectly refined in a traditional kitchen or living room, especially when layered with Oriental rugs and pretty furnishings and fixtures.
2. Easy care. The only maintenance required of concrete floors is weekly mopping with soapy water. I recommend installing a baseboard along with the concrete floor as well, even though you think you may not need it. Just imagine what a dirty mop would leave behind in the crevice where the floor meets the wall if there were no baseboard. And it will make your choice look finished and intentional.
3. Economical. The cost of concrete floors is very low, about $2 to $6 per square foot to polish a plain gray slab, giving it a lustrous sheen. The concrete's tonal differences, subtle cracks and aggregates take on a stone ike, natural feel.
4. Longevity. A floor that has been polished and maintained can be expected to last a hundred years or more. In this home, let's appreciate how an aged and cracked concrete floor was not hidden under new tiles or carpet. Instead it is celebrated for the history it holds, and has been put on display along with other architecturally salvaged materials.
5. Versatility. For exterior applications, silicone-based penetrating sealers can be used to avoid the wet look. We can see here how Terrazzo is a good flooring material for indoor-outdoor transitions.
The only difference between the terrazzo and concrete is the terrazzo surface is with stone aggregates, and it can be dyed in to many colors.
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